While thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head. ~William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
This Chapter Covers:
- Why tongue?
- Basic tonguing,
- double tonguing,
- triple tonguing.
Terms to Know:
- articulation: The use of the tongue in a wind instrument to separate notes in various ways.
- legato: Smooth, connected notes. In written music, the legato mark is shown with a small horizontal line ( _ ) beneath the notes.
- marcato: Means “marked.” With more separation than legato, as in a Sousa march.
- staccato: Short and detached. Shown by a dot ( . ) above or below the note head.
- dorsal tonguing: A style of tonguing in which the middle of the tongue strikes the roof of the mouth (say goo-goo-goo and you’ve done it 3 times. Type of tonguing used in very high playing.
- double tonguing: Using the “t” and “k” tongue positions to articulate music that is too fast for single-tonguing (using just the “t”).
- triple tonguing: Also uses the “t” and “k” sounds but in groups of three (tkt ktk/ttk/tkt).
Chapter 8 Resources:
- Sound Clips for This Chapter
- Video Lessons
- …..Basic Tongue Use
- …..Double Tonguing
- …..Triple Tonguing
Music Notation Examples (click for larger image)
- Examples 8.1 and 8.2: Basic Tonguing Exercises
- Example 8.3: Tongue position and range
- Example 8.4: Basic Double-Tonguing Exercise (“k” syllable only)
- Example 8.5: Alternate “k” and “t” syllables
- Example 8.5b: Basic Triple-Tonguing Exercises
- Example 8.5c: More Basic Triple-Tonguing
- Example 8.6: Multiple-Tonguing While Changing Notes
- April 2010 giveaway #1: a free digital copy of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn
- Free mp3 examples from the book
- Buy a hard copy of Sound the Trumpet
- Other free printable practice aids
- April 2010 giveaway #2: Free digital copy of Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
- Buy a hard copy of my book Basic Music Theory
My free video lessons:
- Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet
- 240 Double & Triple tonguing Exercises
- Articulation Studies (Horribly-designed web site, but the content is good. The title is down the page a ways…)